Kenya is an excellent place to holiday in Africa, especially for safari-goers. With a full week, you'll get to experience the country's healthy national park and conservancy presence with loads of wildlife, mixed with possible cultural experiences, beach relaxation, and active excursions, including a multi-day trek. Below, we've listed several expertly crafted itineraries packed with iconic Kenyan adventures (and even one with neighboring Tanzania)—all with cool overnight options in eco-lodges and safari camps.

Itinerary #1: Kenya National Park & Wildlife Safari

This exciting trip packs in a range of national parks known for predatory and non-predatory wildlife, along with some outdoor activities with views of dramatic landscapes.

A giraffe chewing acacia leaves in Masai Mara
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi - Free Time Nairobi
Day 2 Transfer to Lake Nakuru National Park - Afternoon Exploration Nakuru
Day 3 Transfer to Masai Mara National Reserve Masai Mara
Day 4 Culture & Big Five in Masai Mara Masai Mara
Day 5 Transfer to Naivasha - Boat Tour Naivasha
Day 6 Explore Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha
Day 7 Transfer to Nairobi - School Tour - Depart Kenya  

Begin this action-packed adventure in Kenya's bustling capital, Nairobi. You might even catch some wildlife on your flight's descent as it lands near the Nairobi National Park, where many of Africa's best know animals roam free. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may even take a safari here. Otherwise, check out some sights in the city like the Nairobi National Museum and some of its flea markets and cafes serving quality local coffee.

In the morning, you'll make the drive to Lake Nakuru—home of a national park of the same name—stopping along the way to admire views of the Great Rift Valley, a vast natural area of spanning several East African countries. The afternoon is free time to explore the park's beautiful landscapes and animal sanctuary, which includes both black and white rhino species. You'll also find herds of waterbuck, leopards, and perhaps the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. 

Next, head to the Masai Mara National Reserve, an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem, which is known for some of the most spectacular game migrations in the world. Every year, over a million animals, including wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from northern Tanzania across the Mara River in search of lush feeding grounds. During your Masai Mara visit, you can take an optional tour of a tribal village where you'll discover the incredible culture of the indigenous natives, followed by an afternoon game safari with more chances to see the endless plains and an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat.

The trip finishes at the freshwater Lake Naivasha (another national park) where you can take a boat tour amongst the hippos, waterbucks, and many species of birds. Nearby is another national park: Hell's Gate. The park offers several spectacular walking trails filled with non-predatory wildlife, or bike along the park's gravel roads and enjoy the scenic landscapes. Bring your bathing suit and look for the geothermal hot spring called Devil's Shower for a well-deserved soak before you head to the airport the next morning. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Kenya Safari & Beach Honeymoon

This romantic adventure is ideal for couples seeking a combination of beach relaxation, culture, and wildlife. 

Camels are a frequent sight on Diani Beach
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi - Free Time Nairobi
Day 2 Visit an Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center & Community School Nairobi
Day 3 Transfer to Tsavo West National Park - Afternoon Safari Tsavo National park
Days 4-6 Transfer to Diani Beach Resort - Free Time Diani Beach
Day 7 Fly to Nairobi - Depart Kenya  

This trip kicks off with a full-day in Nairobi where a private guide will take you to two centers dedicated to wildlife conservation, starting with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. The project rescues and nurtures orphaned elephants from potential poachers when their mother dies, and then returns them to the wild when they're old enough. You'll also visit the Giraffe Center to learn about the conservation of the highly endangered Rothschild's giraffe and participate in feedings from a raised platform. From here, there will be an option to visit a local school in Nairobi and participate in an activity with the children.

Next is an early morning private transfer to Tsavo West National Park where you'll have lunch and set out on safari in an open-top Landcruiser. The park is known for its lakes, hot springs, swamps, birdlife, and large mammals, such as black rhinos, Cape buffalos, elephants, leopards, hippos, and Masai lions. Smaller animal sightings are also likely, such as bushbabies, hartebeest, lesser kudu, and Masai giraffes. While here you can stay in a secluded luxury lodge that offers fully-equipped safari tents with options for night drives. 

After these inland adventures, you'll finish the trip at Diani Beach which stretches along the Indian Ocean for three nights of relaxation, watersports, and possible excursions to nearby attractions, like a 16th-century mosque and a sacred forest. One potential resort, while you're on the beach, offers Swahili architecture and Arabic antiques. Choose a suite that comes with a private jacuzzi and panoramic terrace. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Mount Kenya Multi-Day Trek 

An active trip is your chance to summit Africa's 2nd-highest peak over the course of five days on the trail, starting with some wildlife in Nairobi. 

Mount Kenya's highest peak stands at an imposing 17,057 feet (5,199 m)
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi - Free Time Nairobi
Day 2 Safari in Nairobi National Park - Wildlife Conservation Tour Nairobi
Day 3 Transfer to Mount Kenya - Trek to Old Moses Camp Mount Kenya National Park
Day 4 Trek to Shipton's Mountain Hut Mount Kenya National Park
Day 5 Trek to Hausberg Col Mount Kenya National Park
Day 6 Trek to the Summit - Descend to Met Station  Mount Kenya National Park
Day 7 Complete Trek - Transfer to Nairobi - Depart Kenya  

Most of this itinerary takes place on the trails of Mount Kenya. Before we get to that, though, you'll start the trip with two nights in Nairobi. During your free day, you'll take a half-day safari in Nairobi National Park starting bright and early in order to skip the traffic. On a lucky day, you will spot lions, buffalos, zebras, rhinoceros, giraffes, gazelles from the safety of your car—an especially amazing experience considering these creatures are roaming free so close to the capital. From here, you'll visit two centers that get you up front and center with baby elephants and giraffes. Then, take the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the city any way you'd like.

Next, you'll be picked up early for a three-hour drive to the town of Naro Moru, where you'll meet a local guide and sort out all the equipment required for your climb. As you make your way to the UNESCO-listed Mount Kenya National Park, take in the spectacular scenery with views of dense forests and alpine vegetation, as well as and rare and endangered species of animals. Once you've paid your park fees and filled out the necessary paperwork, you and your guide will embark on a 5.6-mile (9 km) trek through rosewood and bamboo forests (keep an eye out for unique birds as well as elephants, buffalos, and antelope) to reach Old Moses Mountain Camp where you can meet fellow trekkers, cook dinner, and get a good night's sleep. 

You'll then trek about 8 miles (14 km) through the Mackinder Valley before you reach the outpost at Shiptons Mountain Hut. Make sure to look for the furry hyrax scurrying about at this higher altitude. Next, you'll hike even higher to the 15,000 feet (4600m) point known as the Hausberg Col where you'll have time to enjoy the scenery of Mount Kenya's west ridges before you return to Shiptons for another overnight stay. Then it's time to summit Mount Kenya! The trail, which is steep and rocky in places, is around 8 miles (14 km) to reach Point Lenana. At 16,355 feet (4985 m), you'll have plenty of time to enjoy this stunning viewpoint before descending to Met Station where you can celebrate your last night of the trek.

When you reach the park gate on foot the next morning, your driver will meet you for the return trip back to Nairobi. Visit a local market for souvenirs and have lunch before you're transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Travelers who want to see a staggering amount of wildlife in two neighboring countries will love this faster-paced itinerary

Zebra sightings in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Nairobi Nairobi
Day 2 Safari in Nairobi National Park - Conservation & Culture Tour Nairobi
Day 3 Fly to Tarangire National Park (Tanzania) - Game Drive Tarangire National Park
Day 4 Transfer to Serengeti National Park, via Olduvai Gorge Serengeti National Park
Day 5 Explore Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park
Day 6 Transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater - Game Drive Karatu
Day 7 Fly to Nairobi - Depart Kenya  

This trip actually takes place mostly in Tanzania, but it starts and finishes in Kenya with a few days to check out wildlife and culture in the capital. After taking a safari in Nairobi National Park and seeing baby elephants and giraffes, you'll have some free time to enjoy the Bomas of Kenya—a cultural center in a suburb called Langata, comprised of 11 life-size homesteads (bomas) representing different traditional construction styles from around the country. Daily performances include drumming and dancing representing traditions from around the country. You could also take a tour of a women's work cooperative called Kazuri Beach Factory

On Day 3, take a morning flight to Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport, where a private driver will transfer you to Tarangire National Park for a game drive amongst non-predatory elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and warthogs, as well as predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas—all amidst a stunning backdrop of majestic baobab trees and twisted acacias. In the evening, you can opt to stay at a lodge that offers solar-heated bungalows overlooking a large watering hole for wildlife viewing from your shaded patio. 

The next two days are dedicated to taking game drives in Serengeti National Park—one of the world's most magnificent natural landscapes. The park is home to significant numbers of resident wildlife species, like buffaloes, elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards, and lions, as well as 500+ species of birds, including ostriches, crowned cranes, marabou storks, and secretary birds. One option for lodging in the area is the Serengeti Heritage Camp, with spacious walk-in tents, equipped with running water, flush toilets, and showers.

Your wildlife adventures aren't over yet. One your last full day, you'll transfer to Tanzania's prehistoric, UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater, a natural phenomenon that was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago. The vast area is now home to massive bull elephants, leopards, rhinos, wildebeests, buffalo, and the highest concentration of lions in Africa. Enjoy a day of game driving before transferring to your lodging—perhaps a locally-owned lodge that offers charming cottages with fireplaces and private verandas. In the morning, check out a local cooperative that makes high-quality accessories and homewares from recycled materials before flying back to Nairobi. Learn more

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